How to Finish All of Your Tasks

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  1. You want to accomplish a lot of things today.
  2. You've set yourself up for a big ol' productive day.
  3. "Today's the day that I excel!" you tell yourself.

But then:

  1. You do the first task, trying to perfect it.
  2. Lunchtime hits.
  3. You start on Task #2.
  4. You end the day still trying to perfect Task #2.
  5. You don't get to the rest of your tasks until weeks later.

Scope creep. BOO!

How to Start Your Day

If an overweight-inebriated ostrich held a gun to your face and said:

  • "Accomplish your today's tasks in 30 minutes or else! ROAR!"

What'd you do?

You'd probably do something like this:

  1. Finish Task A in 5 minutes.
  2. Finish Task B in 5 minutes.
  3. Finish Task C in 5 minutes.
  4. Finish Task D in 5 minutes.
  5. Finish Task E in 5 minutes.
  6. Finish Task F in 5 minutes.

"DONE!" you'd scream at the ostrich.

You get high-fives all over the place.

Let's Analyze That Mofo

Did you perfectly rock Tasks A, B, C, D, E, and F?

Oh no, you didn't.

  1. You didn't sit there waiting to perfect Task A until you were perfectly content with it; that'd get you shot.
  2. You did what you could get by with, then moved on as quickly as possible -- avoiding the dreaded scope creep, and keeping your day productive.

Accomplishing stuff that you can "get by" with matters infinitely more than perfecting Task A.

Completing tasks you've set for today super-rifically quickly lets you:

  • improve build on top of "Version 1" of the various tasks throughout the day
  • have a security blanket; if you somehow suck the rest of the day, you've still got something that lets you flow with

Start thinking:

  1. Execute first.
  2. Perfect that execution progressively over time.

That is:

  1. Finish today's tasks freakishly quickly (e.g., 30 minutes).
  2. Perfect those tasks throughout the day.

Quickly complete; then, beautify.

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Posted on June 30


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